LA-31 Bière Noire - Bayou Teche Brewery
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2.83/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Illegibly stamped in the bottom right-hand corner of the label.
A: A gentle pour results in 85% of my glass immediately filling with head. I am nonplussed. Slowly, terribly slowly, the beer level rises. The monstrous head is textured, creamy, and pitted. The beer is dark chestnut, but crystal clear in direct lighting.
S: Roasted malts have a sweetish cereal tint.
T: Erm...I don't know if the beer is supposed to be like this. Thin and sour, with lots of fruity strangeness before a lightly bitter endtaste. It tastes like a Schwarzbier, but the mouthfeel accentuates the almost metallic sweetness that pervades most of the taste. Carbonation is spotty.
O: While open to the possibility that this is just a bad bottle, because the beer wasn't *obviously* faulty, I review it anyway. A mediocre black ale with half-hearted roast and a really offputting mouthfeel. Not recommended.
EDIT: After making it through half the glass (and eating some food), the beer is starting to grow on me. Perhaps I was a little harsh. Bumping the Mouthfeel from 1.5 to 2.0 accordingly. It's still not great, but it's drinkable.
01-22-2012 00:53:00 | More by AgentMunky
3.28/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours dark chocolate brown with a small fizzy beige head that recedes quickly to a tiny collar with no lacing.
Aroma is pretty nice with some heaviliy roasted black malts with more sweetness than I was expecting with some caramel apples.
Taste isn't quite as nice and has less roastiness and more sweetness. But the sweetness also has an odd metallic character. Bitter finish.
Light bodied for the style with low carbonation.
It's not a bad beer but certainly not in the league of some of the best schwarzbiers our there.
12-15-2011 04:20:35 | More by gford217
3.35/5 rDev -5.9%
Yet again, I received this from optimator13... Poured into pilsener glass.
A- Dark molasses in color with a cm of pale beige head. Settles quickly to a ring. Decent, nothing incredible to look at.
S- Very nice aroma, though it is a bit deeper and sweeter than style suggests. Roasty caramel and brown sugar. Caramel covered popcorn galore. Grainy toast as well.
T/M- Not sure what to make of this. Very popcorn strong on the palate. Not buttered popcorn/diacetyl, but straight up fresh popped white popcorn. Slight floral hops show, but not full enough as I like in the style. Roast and even minimal coffee finishes on the tongue. Nice light carbonated body. Great feel and it's well fit for this beer.
O- Liked some aspects more than others. Complexity was a fresh breath of air in this style I love, but crisp hops weren't there. Would visit again, perhaps next time on draft if possible.
12-12-2011 15:10:57 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
Picked up a six pack at a very nice Rouses grocery store in downtown New Orleans.
Poured into a pint glass. It's dark black/brown, like intense tea or cola. Very small ring of head.
Nose is heavy malts. Nice solid roasty smells. Sweet malted goodness.
Taste is a weaker than the nose. Malt is the main flavor.
A hint of smokyness. Some add adjuct-like flavors (corn?). Slightly boozy at the end, but the nice roastyness is still there.
Overall not bad. Nice to see something like this come out of Louisiana.
04-19-2012 23:51:43 | More by shivtim
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
12 oz. bottle
Drinking Date: Nov. 2, 2011
Appearance: Looks like engine oil as it pours, completley opaque in glass; tan, bubbly head that dissipates rapidly and left no lacing.
Smell: A light but nice, balanced smell. Some spicy hop notes with roasted aroma evening it out.
Taste: Straightforward and robust, roasted flavor. That's about it...not deep; Finishes as it began.
Mouthfeel: Tingly from a good bit of carbonation and light-bodied.
Overall: I like it OK...Nothing to really complain about, but nothing to compliment on either. Roasted flavor is good, so its worth a try. Also would probably make for easy drinking in a session.
11-03-2011 00:51:25 | More by BeerMeInMS
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Contract brewed by Lazy Magnolia. Best by date of 02/08/2014
Pours to a thin beige head that falls to a thin ring that persists to the bottom. Tries to lace, but can't quite hang on to the glass. Light ruby-black color. Aroma is sweet malt, roasted malts and a definite whiff of metal. Flavor is a nice blend of malty sweetness that ends with a nice tangy roasty finish to dry it out a bit. There are also hints of metal toward the end now and then. Mouthfeel is excellent with just the right amount of body on the tongue and restrained CO2 to smooth it out. Overall, I would say this was a good choice to pair with tonight's homemade jambalaya. The smell was off but after it breathed a bit the metallic notes disappeared.
Also...since when is a Schwarz an "ale"?
01-23-2014 01:06:04 | More by EagleTalon
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. There's Best By: written on the bottleneck but the date is mostly wiped off so it's unreadable.
A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small sheer clot of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S- Odd aroma that's borderline soapy and not pleasant. Also some roasted malt somewhere in there.
T- Mildly roasted malt brings some light chocolate and coffee to the table and lingers a bit. Pretty smooth and refined as per the style. Easy to drink but still flavorful. Touch of hop bitterness.
M- A bit thin but the body is sturdy enough for it not to be watery. Medium-low carbonation.
O- Pretty decent Schwarzbier. That strange aroma is something that I've encountered in other Bayou Teche beers as well as some of Lazy Magnolia's. I wonder if these breweries use tap water to brew and it's similar since they're within 150 miles of each other. Or it could be the yeast. Puzzling.
09-18-2013 02:34:00 | More by Immortale25
LA-31 Bière Noire from Bayou Teche Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.